Last night, the Yankees rebounded from their flat performance on the previous night. In that game the team looked rather uninspired as they fell 5-3 to the Houston Astros.
Last night the outcome was way better as the Yankees beat the Astros 16-6. A slugfest showed exactly the opposite of what the Yanks showed on Tuesday.
Six multiple base hits (two doubles, a triple and three homeruns) drove in eleven runs.
Of the starters, only A-Rod and Brett Gardner did not collect a hit. Most hits collected Starlin Castro, who went 4 for 5 with 5 runs batted in. Didi Gregorius got three singles out of five at bats but did not drive in a run.
This slugfest totally concealed the poor outing of Michael Pineda. The tall Dominican right hander needed 87 pitches in only five innings. In the first inning he gave up a solo homerun to Carlos Correa already and in the next inning he gave up a grand slam homerun to George Springer after he hit Jose Altuve with a pitch. If that wasn’t bad enough, Pineda also gave up Carlos Corea’s second homerun of the game in the fifth inning. So all runs of the Astros were scored on homeruns given up by the very same pitcher. Luckily his team mates kept the team in the game, otherwise he might have been pulled in the second or third inning already, making a call to the bullpen necessary early in the game.
Ivan Nova had a stellar outing in relief as he pitched four shutout innings in which he gave up four hits, walked one and fanned five. With this outing he signaled to Joe Girardi that the choice to move him to the bullpen, may have been a wrong one. On the other hand it may be a good move as he had a good outing as long man.
Yankee fans can only hope that when the temperatures start to rise, Michael Pineda will get better. Quite often cold weather influences the performance of a pitcher.